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Originally a Scandinavian event named Eastre, meaning new life, when candles on small rafts were floated down the streams and rivers to celebrate new life in the spring when the ice melted, this event was Christianised re: the new life at the resurrection.
The festival in this northern city, renowned for its all-night street parties, dates back to the late 16th Century, though its roots reach back to the era when Spain was first Christianised.
Mark is supposed to have brought Christianity to Egypt in 40 AD, and the province became so christianised that many thousands of Christian Copts were massacred by the pagan emperor Diocletian in the third century.